Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how Dr. Andrei Kolmakov and his team are using low-energy electron beams to 3D-print tiny gel structures in liquids.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot’s extendable appendage can wind through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.
Briefs: Communications
The antenna is designed for use in extreme conditions such as outer space.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This can be used in energy-recovery systems in industrial, space, automotive, and military applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This method enables users to control their robotic fingers precisely enough to gently land on fragile surfaces.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
Briefs: Aerospace
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Read all about this year's "Create the Future" winner: A transparent flexible film called "RepelWrap."
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-Resolution X-Ray Camera System
The system has applications in X-ray spectroscopy, pump probes, and molecule imaging.
Briefs: Motion Control
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Briefs: Transportation
The camera collects the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, corrosion detection, and other applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
These 12 products are the nominees for the 2020 Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The conceptual Ring prosthetic leg ensures that individuals do not need an entirely new device every time they have a growth spurt.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Invisible displays on walls and windows would be bright when turned on but invisible when turned off.
Briefs: Communications
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The soft, wearable device simulates the sense of touch and has wide potential in medical and industrial applications.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
These switches are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing, and heat management of buildings.
Briefs: Software
Rather than using supecomputers, heart function simulation can be performed at the CT scanner.
Briefs: Imaging
Applications include characterizing additively manufactured components and baggage screening.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Researchers developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes. The technology...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include mechanical aerospace manufacturing and thermal structure manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.

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